By Caitlin Corsello
Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, many guests consider Epcot to be their favorite. This is thanks to the park’s two unique halves which come together to form one amazing place. The front of Epcot is home to Future World where guests can enjoy thrills and attractions that merge nature with technology. World Showcase occupies the rear of Epcot and is comprised of eleven different pavilions which each celebrate a different country from around the world. With so much to see and enjoy in Epcot, guests might be a little stressed out trying to figure out what are the must dos. Here are twelve dos and don’ts for visiting Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
1. Do Rope Drop —
One of the easiest ways to get the most out of day in Epcot is by arriving before the park even opens. By arriving for rope drop, guests ensure that they are some of the first let inside once the gates are open. There they can enjoy few crowds, low wait times, and quiet areas of the park.
2. Don’t Do Spaceship Earth First —
Many guests automatically head straight to Spaceship Earth when entering Epcot since it is located just inside the main gate. This is a rookie mistake! Since so many guests head straight for the attraction, the line tends to bottleneck resulting in a rather lengthy wait time. Guests should not skip Spaceship Earth all together, but opt to return at a later point in the day when the crowds have eased up and the line is not as long.
3. Do Visit Soarin’ Around the World Early —
Instead of heading to Spaceship Earth first, guests should go straight to The Land Pavilion. Located there on the first floor is one of the most popular attractions in Epcot. Soarin’ Around the World brings guests on a thrilling hang gliding adventure over some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Since the attraction is so popular with guests, it tends to have long wait times throughout each day in Epcot. Guests who want to avoid spending lots of time waiting on line should head for Soarin’ Around the World early on in the day when wait times are lower.
4. Do FastPass Frozen Ever After —
Perhaps the most popular attraction currently in Epcot is Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase. The attraction has guests board boats and set sail for Arendelle where Anna and Elsa are hosting a summer celebration. With beautiful scenes and amazing audio-animatronics, every guest wants to enjoy a ride on Frozen Ever After resulting in long wait times. Guests who want to save time and not wait on a long line are smart to book a FastPass for the experience.
5. Don’t FastPass Test Track Presented by Chevrolet —
Guests should actually avoid making a FastPass for another popular attraction in Epcot. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet can be found in Future World and invites guests to design their very own SIM cars and test them on the track in Efficiency, Power, Responsiveness, and Capability. The attraction is very popular with guests who want to see who can create the highest scoring car, and wait times tend to be very long on busy days in Epcot. Instead of waiting on a long stand by line or using a FastPass, guests should opt to enjoy Test Track Presented by Chevrolet by waiting on the single rider line. This line typically has a much shorter wait time for the same experience so long as guests don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.
6. Do Watch the Fountain of Nations —
Located in the plaza behind Spaceship Earth is a massive fountain which comes to life several times each hour. The Fountain of Nations features water cannons which propel water into the air as though it were dancing. The Fountain of Nations puts on a beautiful show several times per hour and guests are smart to pause for a few moments to enjoy the wonderful music and sights.
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7. Don’t Skip the Underrated —
Future World is home to several thrilling attractions as well as a few underrated ones which are often overlooked by guests. Those enjoying time in Epcot should not skip Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, or the Seas with Nemo and Friends. These attractions might not be the most popular, but they are definitely worth experiencing!
8. Do Enjoy Sunshine Seasons —
The Land Pavilion is home to a quick service dining location that many guests absolutely love. Sunshine Seasons is located on the lower level of the pavilion and serves up unique and fresh offerings that are often times grown right there in The Land. Guests who dine at the location for breakfast, lunch, or dinner can enjoy wonderful meals in an open air dining location.
9. Don’t Rush World Showcase —
World Showcase is a truly massive area featuring eleven different pavilions. Each pavilion celebrates the history, architecture, culture, cuisine, entertainment, and traditions of a particular country from around the world. Since each pavilion has so many beautiful details to enjoy, guests should be sure to leave themselves plenty of time to simply wander and explore each pavilion of World Showcase.
10. Do Eat in World Showcase —
Each pavilion in World Showcase is home to at least one full service and one quick service dining location that serves up authentic food from that country. Guests who spend time in World Showcase should be sure to enjoy a meal there at some point and some of the most popular dining locations are Le Cellier Steakhouse, Nine Dragons Restaurant, La Cantina de San Angel, and Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe.
11. Don’t Skip World Showcase’s Attractions —
Several pavilions in World Showcase are also home to wonderful attractions which should not be skipped. Guests should be sure to stop and enjoy The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilions, Reflections of China in the China Pavilion, the American Adventure in the America Pavilion, Impressions de France in the France Pavilion, and O Canada! in the Canada Pavilion.
12. Do Stay for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth —
Each night in Epcot comes to a close with a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth on World Showcase Lagoon. The show is a dramatic story that showcases how all people are united as one. Guests who stick around to watch the show can enjoy fireworks, beautiful music, pyrotechnics, laser lights, dancing water, and more. No night in Epcot is complete without enjoying Illuminations: Reflections of Earth!